Researcher

Dr Erin Deirdre Brannigan

My Expertise

Dance, film, choreography, intermedial composition.

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Drama, theatre and performance studies, Dance and dance studies, Visual arts, Cinema studies, Performance and Installation Art, Cinema Studies, Aesthetics, Dance, Visual Arts and Crafts

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Biography

Dr. Erin Brannigan is a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture. 

Erin wrote on dance for the Australian arts newspaper, RealTime 1997-2019. Academic publications include; Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian...view more

Dr. Erin Brannigan is a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture. 

Erin wrote on dance for the Australian arts newspaper, RealTime 1997-2019. Academic publications include; Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, (Kent Town, SA; Wakefield Press, 2014). She has published articles in Performance Philosophy, Dance Research Journal, The International Journal of Screendance, Senses of Cinema, Performance Paradigm, RunwayBroadsheet, Writings on Dance, Choreologia (Japan), Oxford Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics (2nd Ed.), Brolga and International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.


My Grants

  • SAM GRANT 2018 ($1800)
  • SAM GRANT Seed Research Grant, 2017 ($1000)
  • Collaborative Research Scheme 2016 with Dr. Theron Schmidt for ‘Pragmatics : Practice : Praxis,Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW ($5000)
  • Seed Funding 2017 ‘Pragmatics : Practice : Praxis,’ with Dr. Barbara Formis, Prof. Oliver Feltham, and Dr. Theron Schmidt, Performance Philosophy International. ($1000)
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2016 (rolled over to 2017) for Dr. Barbara Formis (Sorbonne), Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences. ($5000)
  • UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, ‘New Paradigms for Performance Pedagogies,’ with Dr. Bryoni Trezise, 2015. ($28 000)
  • ARC Grant, 2013-2015 for The Experimental Humanities with Assoc. Prof Edward Scheer and Professor Stephen Muecke ($210, 000)
  • SAM GRANT 2012 Dance and Interdisciplinary Composition. ($2800)
  • UNSW Goldstar Grant 2011 for The Experimental Humanities with Assoc. Prof Edward Scheer and Professor Stephen Muecke ($30 000).
  • EMPA ERG Publication Subsidy for 12 Australian Choreographers, 2011 ($2800)
  • Australia Council Artform Development Grant for 12 Australian Choreographers, 2011, auspiced by RealTime ($15 000)
  • Australia Council out-of-round funding for 12 Australian Choreographers, 2010, auspiced by RealTime ($10 000).
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ECR Research Grant 2010 for 12 Australian Choreographers ($5000)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Grant 2010 for Gesture-Dance ($5000)
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy 2010 for Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image ($2500)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Publication Subsidy 2009 for Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image ($2500)

 

 

  • FOR REELDANCE:

 

  • Australia Council, funding for ReelDance Festival as an Emerging Key Organisation, 2009-2011 ($200 000 per annum)
  • British Council for ReelDance Festival 2008 ($20500)
  • Australia Council International Market Development Strategies Funding 2008 ($35000)
  • Australia Council, funding for ReelDance Festival and associated events 2000-2008 ($30-40 000 per grant)
  • NSW Ministry for the Arts, funding for ReelDance Festival and associated events 2000-2007 ($30-40 000 per grant)
  • Australian Film Commission funding for ReelDance Festival and associated events 2000-2008 ($5-7000)
  • NSWFTO and other state film funding bodies 2000-2008 ($2000-$7000)

 

  • PERSONAL:
  • Dance Board and Audience and Market Development Division of the Australia Council out of round travel grant to attend Brighton Dance Screen 2005 ($5000)
  • Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) to attend dan(E)motion, dance on screen festival Jakarta 2005 as guest speaker and judge ($2000)
  • Dance Board and Audience and Market Development Division of the Australia Council out of round travel grant to attend Monaco Dance Forum (MDF) 2004 ($5000)
  • NSW Ministry for the Arts International Program Grant and Audience and Market Development Division of the Australia Council out of round travel grant for travel to Monaco Dance Forum/IMZ Dance Screen 2002 ($4000)
  • Postgraduate Research Travel Grant, UNSW, 1999 ($3000)
  • APA scholarship for PhD Candidature, 1998-2002

My Qualifications

BAHons Sydney University

PhD UNSW


My Research Activities

Dr. Erin Brannigan was named the national ‘Field Leader of Theatre and Performance Studies’ by The Australian newspaper in the September 2019 special report, Research. Her research explores the condition of dance through its relationship with other art forms in interdisciplinary practices. Generated by specific works of art and art practices, studies cover: dance and the screen arts; gesture as a cross-disciplinary conceptual framework; interdisciplinary compositional strategies of the avant-garde (historic and contemporary); minimalism as a site of disciplinary assertion; and the experiment-experience nexus through a research-workshop practice with local artists. She was part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, The Experimental Humanities (2013-2016), with Professor Stephen Muecke and Professor Edward Scheer. Her primary current research project, Dance and the Visual Arts: Composition : Experiment : Sensation, involves academic and creative research associates nationally and internationally, publications including articles and books (NYP), and an industry-based project Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum - Exhibiting, Curating, Collecting and Conserving Dance (2021-2024) with partners at Tate UK, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, and Monash University Museum of Art which has attracted funding of nearly $400,000 from the Australia Research Council. She co-founded a School Research Cell in 2015, Intermedial Composition, with creative writing colleague, Dr. Stephanie Bishop, and has  facilitated an industry-based group, Writing Dancing, since 2010 which involves artists, students and academics. New Paradigms for Performance Pedagogies is a research project in partnership with Dr. Bryoni Trezise focused on the decolonization of UNSW’s Performing Arts curriculum, and Dancing Sydney: Mapping Movements: Performing Histories is a partnership with Sydney University, Macquarie University and the State Library of NSW working to secure the legacy of NSW-based dance artists through innovative archiving strategies. She is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Screendance and is a member of the research team Espas (Esthétique de la Performance et Arts du Spectacle) within A.C.T.E. (Arts Créations Théories Esthétiques) at the Sorbonne, Paris. She was the founding Director of ReelDance (since 1999) and has curated dance screen programs and exhibitions for Sydney Festival 2008, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2003 and international dance screen festivals. Her most recent exhibition was In Response: Dialogues with RealTime (25 Feb to 25 April 2019).

Curatorial Website: http://cargocollective.com/Erinbrannigan/About-Erin-Brannigan


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Contemporary dance practices and theory, choreography and intermedial practices, performance archives, arts reviewing, choreography, film studies, artists writing, intermedial composition, experimental arts practices and the historic avant-garde, improvisation, mind-body practices, dance philosophy, visual arts theory


Currently supervising

Nalina Wait, Western improvised dance practices: pedagogies and philosophy

Lizzie Thomson, Sensation versus Sensationalism: Modest Acts of Resistance in Choreographic Practice

Lisa Synnott, Choreography, Collaboration and Intellectual Property


My Engagement

My research has interfaced with the arts industry since my first monograph, Dancefilm, which grew out of a festival I directed that toured Australia and New Zealand 2000-2008, ReelDance International Dance Screen Festival. My current research project Precarious Movements involves several art museums and artists, and my archival and curatorial work with the State Library and RealTime supports local dance artists. I also host artist panels regularly for Carriageworks. My teaching areas also articulate to industry; I run the performing arts internships in SAM, and teach Reviewing the Arts in which I work with local venues and press outlets to produce published student reviews. The Theatre and Performance Studies capstone course Program and Repertoire, which I've taught for 4 years, is our industry facing course and has guest lectures from key staff at Sydney Opera House, Griffin Theatre, Sydney Film Festival, Carriageworks, as well as dance and performance artists. 


My Teaching

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance and Dance Studies; Reviewing the Arts, Performing Arts Internships, Choreography, Performance and the Visual Arts, Musicals, Dance and Popular Culture, Program and Repertoire

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Location

119, Level 1 Robert Webster

Contact

+61 2 9385 7854
+61 2 9385 6812